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Laura Ashley Hotel The Belsfield

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Why We Love It

  • It reopened in July 2014 after a multimillion-pound refurbishment & collaboration with Laura Ashley
  • A Grade II-listed Victorian building with views across Lake Windermere
  • There's an indoor pool, a cocktail bar & two restaurants

"A former Victorian Italianate mansion which sits regally above majestic Lake Windermere" -- The Star (Sheffield)

98% (145 Member Ratings)

"The lovely decor & setting "
Jennifer
Jun 17, 2017
Chelford, United Kingdom

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Map & Directions

The hotel is in Bowness-on-Windermere, a 6-minute drive from Windermere train station. There are 60 free-of-charge parking spaces onsite.

Rooms & Rates

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Overview

The Laura Ashley Hotel The Belsfield overlooks Lake Windermere in the popular Lakeland town of Bowness-on-Windermere. It was built in 1845 for a European aristocrat -- 170 years later it's been refurbished in partnership with Laura Ashley. Expect elegant furnishings, lush fabrics, grand chandeliers and classic designs combined with modern features such as a glass reception area and an indoor pool.

There are two restaurants, including the Belsfield Restaurant -- which has views of Lake Windermere -- and the Brasserie, both serve traditional British dishes. Dinner is served in the Brasserie, we like the sound of the Lancashire lamb hotpot with braised red cabbage. There's also an extensive wine list with wines hand-picked by the hotel's buying experts. Guests can have drinks in the Lounge Bar and Drawing Room.

The hotel has 62 bedrooms, each with underfloor heating in the bathrooms, Laura Ashley bathroom products, luxury pillows, Egyptian cotton linens and a jar of local sweets. Wi-Fi is free in all rooms, and most have views of Lake Windermere.

There's plenty to do in Bowness-on-Windermere, such as The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, which is a 4-minute walk from the hotel, and there are numerous shops in the town centre. The Lakeland Motor Museum is eight miles away.

Alternatively, get a boat from Bowness Pier, opposite the hotel, to Lakeside or Ambleside, or drive to other Lakeland towns like Hawkshead and Grasmere. Hawkshead is particularly special as it's a car-free zone. It's described by Lonely Planet as "a jumble of whitewashed cottages, cobbled lanes and old pubs" and was where poet William Wordsworth went to school.

From the press:
  • "Like stepping into a painting" -- The Guardian
  • "Classic British elegance inside, with wonderful views of the Lake District National Park visible from virtually every window" -- The Star (Sheffield)

Amenities

General

  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Indoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Flatscreen TV

Internet

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout

Bathroom

  • Hair-dryer
  • Bathtub (in some rooms)

Parking

  • Complimentary parking

Accessibility

  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.

Policies

Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 11am.

Children and additional guests: Cot/crib available on request, free of charge, extra bed also available on request, free of charge but in Family Rooms only.
Children's menu available for breakfast: £5 for children aged 5 to 15, children aged 4 and under eat free.
Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 3pm GMT + 8.

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The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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98% Positive
(145 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Laura Ashley Hotel The Belsfield over the past 15 months.
4.8 Ambiance
4.9 Location
4.6 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The lovely decor & setting
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Very comfortable hotel with excellent food
Jennifer Jun 17, 2017 Chelford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Perfect location. Absolutely beautiful hotel and rooms. Great views over the lake,
Victoria Jun 14, 2017 Bingley, United Kingdom
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The hotel's decor and furnishing was amazing and the views of tyr lake spectacular. The staff were absolutely fabulous and very friendly and efficient, brilliant stay.
Sharon Jun 13, 2017 Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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Lovely setting and decor.
Patricia Jun 13, 2017 Gateshead, United Kingdom
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The entire stay
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Fantastic hotel wonderful setting
julie Jun 13, 2017 Consett, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Gardens and communal areas
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Great location, above average breakfast and top quality room extras
Thomas Jun 06, 2017 Leicester, United Kingdom
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I couldn't fault the hotel at all! We arrived at the hotel after just getting engaged at Aira Force and it was perfect, the view from the garden terrace is beautiful. It made an amazing weekend perfect!
Rachel May 30, 2017 Annan, United Kingdom
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Location. Friendly staff.
Other Comments
The pool wasn't in use (no mention of this online- we specifically booked a hotel with pool). The room we were given was next to the bins and noisy so we asked to move and were told we could pay £40 to be upgraded to lake view but there were roadworks in front of us making noise all night into early morning. Shower temp control did not work so at 10pm member of staff came up to see if he could help but there was nothing he could do until the morning. We were told because of this fault that they would waive the £40 upgrade fee. Breakfast was a buffet and not very good quality and the waiter forgot to bring our coffee and toast. On checkout the receptionist asked for the £40 upgrade charge and we explained we had been told it was not chargeable due to the faulty shower. She said there was no record of this but agreed to waive the fee. Awkward. All in all a big disappointment.(even at discounted rate). We would not stay here again.
Thomas May 27, 2017 Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Location and staff
Other Comments
Remove signs for onsite swimming pool
Ian May 23, 2017 Sale, United Kingdom
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The staff were very efficient, professional and friendly and went out of their way to help. Décor, obviously!!, was gorgeous.
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Beautiful gardens so well cared for, beautiful décor, very attentive staff, felt spoilt.
philippa May 22, 2017 Wallasey, United Kingdom

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